Norway is donating an additional NOK 40 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
With the latest contribution, Norway will contribute a total of NOK 257 million to UNRWA in 2021.
“The UNRWA plays a crucial role in meeting the basic needs of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. The organization is also important for maintaining stability in the region,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) stated.
Huitfeldt is concerned that the organization is not receiving enough money to pay salaries to its employees this year.
“We have therefore decided to increase the support and encourage other donors to do the same,” she said.
The UNRWA’s mandate includes about 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza. The organization tries to ensure that the refugees receive basic services such as education, health services, food aid, and shelter.
The organization is also a major employer of Palestinian refugees.
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